Jerald “Jerry” Russell graduated from Emory & Henry in 1970. During his collegiate career he was the starting tackle on some of the Wasps best offensive units in school history. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 in recognition of his contributions to the Wasps offensive line.
In 1968, the E&H squad finished the season at 9-1, ranked eleventh in the nation, and held the national record for total offensive yards with 553.3 yards per game. In 1969, Russell was named Honorable Mention to the Knoxville News All-Area Team.
In addition to football, Russell also played catcher for the Wasps baseball team and received All-State recognition. He was also a member of Theta Chi Epsilon social fraternity.
Russell earned a Master’s of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1973, a Master’s of Science in Education from University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1974, and a Doctorate of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in 1980. He has dedicated his life to Christian ministry, serving in various places and capacities as a pastor, missionary, and chaplain.